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Cold Snap Hits the Southland

Cold front from Canada will generate high winds through Wednesday.

credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Gusty winds are expected to batter the Southland Tuesday as a cold snap wraps itself around the region.

A cold front from Canada combined with a tight surface pressure gradient over southwestern California will generate  high winds from Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning, according to a National Weather Service advisory.

In Los Angeles County, a wind advisory will be in force in the Antelope Valley from 10 a.m. Tuesday until 4 a.m. Wednesday, in the San Gabriel Mountains from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Wednesday and in the Santa Clarita Valley from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.  There's also a chance of showers this afternoon.

Cold air behind the front may result in a couple of hours of hard freeze condition in interior Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties Wednesday morning. The Antelope and Santa Ynez valleys will suffer the same fate in the morning on Thursday and Friday.

In the Antelope Valley, a freeze watch will be in effect from late Wednesday through Friday morning, with temperatures of 19 to 29 degrees Fahrenheit possible Thursday and Friday mornings.

Southwest-to-west winds will blow through the Antelope Valley at between 20 and 30 mph with 45-mph gusts this morning through this afternoon, diminishing late tonight, according to the NWS advisory. In the foothills, 50- mph gusts are possible, it said.

"Gusty winds along with suddenly reduced visibilities from blowing dust may make driving hazardous," the advisory warned, adding that sub-freezing temperatures can kill vegetation and animals ad cause water pipes to burst.

The NWS forecast highs Tuesday of 50 on Mount Wilson; 61 in Avalon, Palmdale, Lancaster and Pasadena; 62 in Burbank and Saugus; 63 in Newport Beach, San Gabriel and at LAX; 64 in Long Beach, Woodland Hills and Anaheim; and 65 in downtown L.A.

Antelope Valley temperature will be around 10 degrees lower Wednesday, but in many other communities they will remain at Tuesday's levels.

City News Service
Kim Miller December 03, 2013 at 07:54 PM
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